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Offline Spoddendale

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Edinburgh tram service open
« on: June 01, 2014, 05:58:19 AM »
The controversial new tram service has now opened in Edinburgh. Official website is at:

www.edinburghtrams.com

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Offline barryb

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2014, 03:02:04 PM »
Was there a band for the opening ceremony?  Did it play "About Time Too"?

Denmark and Sweden got the Oresund Fixed Link in less time than it's taken to build a much shorter tram line :-(

Offline Palatine One

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2014, 03:42:23 PM »
I suppose with this in mind its just as well they didn't try building a tram to St Ives instead of a Guided Busway!

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2014, 07:10:30 PM »
Well... At least it wasn't a tram built by Bilfinger Berger or BAM.

Nottingham and Manchester extensions seem to have worked just fine.

Offline dennisdart

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2014, 08:29:47 PM »
I have relatives in Nottingham and the tram works are causing an awful lot of traffic problems, but apparently there are some very strict and expensive penalty clauses in place so any overrun will be extremely pricey for the contractors.

Offline Nat2

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 10:55:20 PM »
Well... At least it wasn't a tram built by Bilfinger Berger or BAM.

Eh, .....it was!

Offline barryb

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 01:02:47 AM »
Eh, .....it was!

Following ONLXB's post; at least the *CGB* wasn't a tram built by ... & etc.

If it had been a tram built by people able to build things then I think it would have been a very much better and more useful piece of infrastructure.

But we have what we have and that is all water under the bridge now (hopefully under the bridge and not through the bridge like they tried to make it be)
« Last Edit: June 05, 2014, 01:04:33 AM by barryb »

Offline jwy

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 05:54:01 PM »
I am sure that, now open, the Edinburgh trams will be as successfull as in other UK cities and the network will probably be extended in  due course.  In England, the tram networks in Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester are all being extended at the present time.

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Re: Edinburgh tram service open
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 08:14:10 PM »
I am sure that, now open, the Edinburgh trams will be as successfull as in other UK cities and the network will probably be extended in  due course.  In England, the tram networks in Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester are all being extended at the present time.

Though Edinburgh will have a special apprehension about any further building works, which is really sad (especially when the trains should be getting extended further than the original stage 1 plan; to the Ferrytoll Park and Ride, to Portobello & Musselburgh, and to the ERI and Dalkeith).